As of last Sunday morning, I was unsure of the direction to which I was heading. Do I go to the new Symetra event in Opelika AL or opt for the LPGA in Williamsburg? I didn’t have a bag for either but then I got an offer. Rick said he was staying with Jeff Steffler in a condo at Williamsburg and the couch was open. It took a second to decide. Williamsburg was it.
No luck so far finding a loop but I’m not trying that hard. Instead, I’m hanging in the caddie area, around the putting green and jawing with “professional volunteer” Rob Sanders. Rob has volunteered in over fifty LPGA events and since he lives in the area, the Pure Silk Championship was a natural choice.
Rob has worked this one many times and this year he’s in charge of carts and caddies but he’s also on a mission. He volunteered at the last Solheim Cup and is determined to get the team signatures on his Solheim flag. His progress so far is pretty good but one signature may elude him. Florentyna Parker only plays LET events so that may be a tough one. But all is not lost. Rob will be making the trip to Scotland to volunteer in this year’s Solheim Cup and he may get lucky.
The magical skills of professional calligrapher Paul Pope will be on display at the main scoreboard this year. Paul was a staple on the LPGA at one time but this is the only remaining tournament taking advantage of his extraordinary skill set. Here’s a video from 2014 demonstrating his work.
Lisa’s T9 finish last week earned her $24,789. That surpasses her total LPGA career earnings of $18,895.
Here’s a question for you. What player would be considered the “Crash Davis” of the LPGA? If I have to explain, don’t even try.
During last week’s event, Lisa recalled the time she caddied for PGA professional Rocky Thompson. Apparently, Rocky was quite a character with a bagful of superstitions next to none.
One time on the range, she was tossing him balls for the driver but he would shun them for one on the ground. After a few rejections, she asked what was the matter. “I don’t hit threes.” was his answer.
Seven was also a bad number for Rocky. If he gave you a handful of balls to hold, the cumulative numbers on the balls should not be divisible by seven. Also, if they were on a golf cart, it’s number should not be divisible by seven either and don’t you ever stop the cart on a crack in the cart path.
The topper was that Lisa had to line him up on putts. Doesn’t seem so bad except that Rocky squatted down to putt! After a few misreads, that ritual was no longer necessary which comes to the meat of this tale.
Whenever Lisa got a little out of control – in the heat of competition – and started to lose it (in my estimation of course), I would say, “Settle down Rocky!”. After a few admonitions, Lisa acknowledged, “I should have never told you that story.”
Walking down the 18th hole on Saturday, I struck up a conversation with Ralph, Julie Inkster’s looper and it definitely reflected our age. Instead of banal chitchat, the focus was on what body parts we had operated on during the past year.
I have a loop for the Symetra event next week and the KPMG. Atlantic City would make it a trifecta.
The annual Cornhole Tournament was held yesterday at the Sportsman Grille. I’m sure it was well attended but not by me. Too many brewskies last week have me drying out for a while.
Happy birthday to my buddy Mark Scott. Missed celebrating together by just a few days.